The flipside to this, is that we appear to live in a bit of a 'The Shire' and the distances mean we don't have to deal with stars going supernova or showers of meteors raining down on our heads with any sort of meaningful frequency.
However, I'm equally fascinated and overjoyed at just how much looking around at the wider Universe we're managing to get done considering that, relatively speaking, our window of observation as a species is akin to a polaroid snapshot from a infinitesimally small fraction of this period.
I like to think that it's almost guaranteed that we will venture beyond our solar system - it might take hundreds or years (or maybe thousands) but, in one form or another, we'll get there.
[I suspect that transporting big lumps of meat about probably isn't the way ahead - travelling in an uploaded form seems far more likely (e.g. Greg Egan's Diaspora).]
That we're going to solve the energy crisis, and that this era isn't a brief spike in human population, burning at breakneck speed through the very finite 'windfall' of exploiting found reserves of fossil fuels seems unlikely.
But we now know there's more to mankind than Rome.
haven't i already beat the odds of being born amoung the 93 billion who lived before today?
As usual, mankind's biggest problems arise from our inability to scale social interaction well, not from technical prowess (or lack thereof).
And this is excluding the tremendous gains in propulsion technology we're bound to have in the next 100 years. Maybe not even faster-than-light technology, but even flying at 0.4c would give us great reach among the stars.